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Food Tips (and other stuff) 
Jan. 25, 2014 10:46 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 6:40 am
Crazycook is watching a movie for the third time or so, and I'm sitting here chuckling to a few things...  "The Help" has all sorts of ideas about just how food should be prepared, how you should deal with loved ones, and not so loved ones...  For instance, when the "ladies" meet for bridge in the afternoon, set your mother (who suffers from dementia) in front of the tv to watch her stories - remove her winter coat first, as it is 90F outside, and feed her a big bowl of ambrosia!  (A glass of sherry or such helps too, btw - it'll knock her out for a while!)

If you're born in "Sugar Ditch," don't plan on moving to "Snob Hill," (or whatever the town is called....) as the socialites will snub you... On a different note, if you name your daughter Eugenia, expect her to be called "Skeeter."  (I've no idea how these two names are related!)   

Hold a matchstick between your teeth while chopping onions - you won't cry...

Beware of a maid you fired bringing you a chocolate pie... you never know just what the "secret" ingredient might be!  Avoid your mother (the one with dementia) seeing you eat the TWO slices of pie, especially if she's drinking sherry again... her knowledge will turn around and bite you in the rear at a later date... when mom helps make it public knowledge! 

According to one source, Crisco Vegetable Shortening is the best invention since mayonnaise was put in a jar!  It will remove chewing gum from your hair, smoothe rough dry skin on feet and hands, works great on bags under your eyes and quiets a squeeky door hinge!  Most of all, it's the ONLY way to fry chicken!   

Who knew that ground eggshells get grease out of a carpet? 

If "your man" knocks  you around a bit, and gives you a black eye, do as they would in Sugar Ditch, and wop him up the side of his head with a cast iron skillet, and tell him to go to "H!"

For now, that sums up my recent lessons... and best said:  be well, be happy, be crazy!

Jan. 26, 2014 5:37 am
Cat Hill :)(: LOLOLOLOL! I have seen someone use that matchstick trick for chopping onions. Hope all is well with you!
Jan. 26, 2014 5:57 am
Lela: Hi Stevie! I read the book and watched the movie. I loved the get even pie. Some of those snobs really were a bit crazy. Love all the household tips.
Jan. 26, 2014 10:42 am
Manella:), just watched the movie a couple of weeks ago. My favorite part was when she ate the pie. Hope your keeping well!
Jan. 26, 2014 6:45 pm
cat, lol --- almost burned off my nose with that darn match! Must chop faster next time... Be well!
Jan. 26, 2014 6:46 pm
Be well, Lela! Hope you had a giggle!
Jan. 26, 2014 6:49 pm
manella, I think that Sissy Spacek did a grand job in that scene, though she played a great role throughout the movie. I also loved where she entered her daughter in the raffle for one of "Minnie's" pies! Great fun!
Jan. 27, 2014 6:22 am
ha ha .....i love that movie too, so glad you are feeling better Stevie stay well....Judy
Jan. 27, 2014 2:56 pm
BigShotsMom: I had read the book quite a while ago and loved it so I had reservations about the movie. So often they change so much, but this was pretty close to the book and I enjoyed it.
Jan. 27, 2014 3:05 pm
judy, hope that you're doing well! We don't "chat" like we used to... you must be busy! Take care
Jan. 27, 2014 3:06 pm
BigShotsMom, I know what you mean book-to-movie... lets see, in about 10 years they'll remake the movie and really trash the story - lol! Be well!
Jan. 31, 2014 6:42 pm
I live in Thailand for part of the year. On the 3 English speaking film channels, they have "sets" of so many films. You get to see the sets over and over and.......If you are LUCKY you will get to see the same films the next year too. The only good thing about it all, is that you can chime in wherever you want and see the bit you missed or loved. The Help is on for the third year following. But I did love it and watched part of it a few weeks ago.
Feb. 1, 2014 6:40 am
hey Stevie i am doing ok same old thing here...i know we haven't had our chats and i miss it so much, hope to chat with you well my friend ...Judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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